Final day fireworks ahead as Somerset aim for glory

September 20th 2020

Somerset’s Tom Lammonby refused to get carried away despite his incredible 116 on day four of the Bob Willis Trophy final at Lord’s.

The 20-year-old put Essex’s bowlers to the sword as he scored his third first-class hundred, having only made his debut last month. Lammonby had to negotiate the likes of Jamie Porter, Simon Harmer and Sam Cook – all two-time county champions – on the way to his total.

His knock has given Somerset a chance of being crowned champions heading into the today’s final action (Sunday).

Talking after the close of play on day four, the Devonian said: “It is always nice to score a few runs and contribute to the team against the best opposition. I am pleased with that but there is still a big last day to go to make sure we win the game.”

Lammonby’s sparkling knock included a partner-ship of 105 with fellow opener Ben Green and 50 with captain Tom Abell as he propelled his side into a 191-run lead.

The inexperienced bats-man later paid tribute to his opponents, despite the much-vaunted Essex attack struggling to remove the youngster throughout the day. “I think that has to be the best attack I have faced,” revealed Lammonby.

“The names there are all high-quality bowlers and it’s always nice to contribute with a big innings against such a quality opposition but there’s still a long way to go in this match.”

The left-hander made his senior bow for the Cidermen during last season’s in the Vitality Blast but had to wait until this year’s quickly-assembled Bob Willis Trophy to make his red-ball debut and admitted that his success has taken him by surprise.

“It wasn’t a season where I was worried about con-tributing or trying to get into the first team. “The way I looked at it was I hoped to get an opportunity and take it. “I didn’t think I would be opening the batting. I thought I would be slotting into the middle order some-where.

“But any opportunity at the start of the year would be one I would have taken with open arms so I am very grateful to play for Somerset.” The Taunton-based side head into the final day with all three results possible as the season draws to its conclusion in fitting and thrilling fashion.